“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Penguins 2/23/11

Result:  SHARKS 3, Penguins {Overtime}

San Jose Sharks Patrick Marleau celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

HITS

Patrick Marleau – Marleau scored his 23rd and 24th goals of the season, including the game winning goal at 4:56 of overtime.  Marleau’s first goal of the night came at 5:28 of the third period that gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead.  After the Sharks had dumped the puck into the Penguins zone, Marleau was aggressive on the forecheck, forcing Penguins defensemen Kris Letang to turn the puck over behind the Penguins net.  Sharks forward Dany Heatley came in from the weak side and got the puck back over to Marleau, who showed off his quick hands and stuffed the puck through the pads of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury before anyone on the ice had a chance to react.  Marleau’s game winning goal in overtime, which came moments after being robbed on a breakaway, came off a rebound of a Marc-Edouard Vlasic slapshot.  Marleau, who worked himself back to the front of the net, fired the loose puck passed both a diving Zbynek Michalek and Fleury to win the game for the Sharks.

Logan Couture – “Calder Couture” tied Pat Falloon‘s Sharks rookie goal record by scoring his 25th goal of the season, tying him with New York Islanders rookie Michael Grabner and Couture’s 42 overall points now puts him only four behind Carolina Hurricanes rookie Jeff Skinner.  Couture’s goal came at 3:01 of the second period as the Sharks were on the Power Play.  With the second Power Play unit moving, Sharks defensemen Jason Demers passed the puck over to Devin Setoguchi, who took the puck behind the Penguins net and passed the puck out at an angle to Couture, who fired the puck past Fleury to tie the game at 1-1.

Antti Niemi – Making his 17th consecutive start, of which he has won 14, Niemi was once again outstanding in net, stopping 24-out-of-26 shots and his saves in overtime, especially in the first three minutes, gave the Sharks a chance to win the game in the extra frame.

Penalty Killers – The Penalty Killers were a perfect two-for-two tonight when shorthanded.

Sharks Team – In 48-hours, the Sharks have swept the last two Stanley Cup Champions in back-to-back road games {Detroit and Pittsburgh} and as a result, the Sharks find themselves in third place overall of the Western Conference standings and first place of the Pacific Division.  Instead of relying on the offense to carry the team, the Sharks have learned how to win by doing the little things, such as playing solid defense, battling for loose pucks, staying disciplined, having outstanding goaltending and making smart decesions with the puck.

MISSES

Ian White – This was probably due to having inexperience with his new team as White did a no-look, behind the net pass intended for Niclas Wallin.  However, the puck rimmed all the way around the boards to no one and was picked up just inside the blue-line by Penguins forward Deryk Engelland, who fired the puck at Niemi.  Niemi made the save but left a juicy rebound in the slot that Penguins forward Matt Cooke jumped on.  Cooke’s shot was blocked in front of Niemi but the puck trickled over to Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy, who was standing at the side of the crease and banged in the garbage cleanup goal at 5:48 of the first period to give the Penguins an early 1-0 lead.

Logan Couture – Couture gets a “miss” because in the final minute of the third period, he fired at the open Penguins net from just past center ice and missed!  Old rule of thumb is don’t fire at an open net from a long distance unless your 100-percent sure the puck will go in the net.  Couture could have skated closer towards the net before firing the shot as one of the Penguins players had broken their stick on the ice.

Dan Boyle – Boyle gets a “miss” because in the final minute of the third period, the puck was sitting by Boyle’s skate near the crease, just waiting to be cleared out.  Somehow, Boyle did not see the puck and Kennedy came in and pushed the puck over the goal line at 19:10 for the game tying goal, which was Kennedy’s second goal of the night.

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on February 23, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Well done! As usual. Sharks in first place-win!

  2. Real bad that Dan Boyle didn’t see that puck by his skate,maybe we should get him some big ass spectacles!But happy for Sharks that they got 1st place in Pacific Division!

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